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Transformations of Circe : THE HISTORY OF AN ENCHANTRESS - Judith Yarnall

Transformations of Circe

THE HISTORY OF AN ENCHANTRESS

Paperback Published: 1st February 1994
ISBN: 9780252063565
Number Of Pages: 256

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Beginning with a detailed study of Homer's balance of negative and positive elements in the Circe-Odysseus myth, Judith Yarnall employs text and illustrations to demonstrate how Homer's Circe is connected with age-old traditions of goddess worship.  She then examines how the image of a one-sided "witch," who first appeared in the commentary of Homer's allegorical interpreters, proved remarkably persistent, influencing Virgil and Ovid. Yarnall concludes with a discussion of work by Margaret Atwood and Eudora Welty in which the enchantress at last speaks in her own voice: that of a woman isolated by, but unashamed of, her power.
 

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"A fascinating, beautifully written study." -- Barbara F. McManus, coauthor of Half Humankind: Contexts and Texts of the Controversy about Women in England, 1540-1640.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Homer's Storyp. 9
Where Did Circe Come From?p. 26
From Myth to Allegoryp. 53
The Legacy of Allegoryp. 79
Renaissance Circesp. 99
Spenser, the Witch, and the Goddessesp. 127
The Lovelorn Temptressp. 145
Whore and Femme Fatalep. 163
Her Voicep. 182
Conclusion: Transformationsp. 194
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780252063565
ISBN-10: 0252063562
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 1994
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41

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